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Elderly couple threatened with machete in house robbery

The incident happened in east Belfast.

(Niall Carson/PA)

An elderly couple in Belfast have been threatened by masked men armed with a machete and a knife.

The robbers took a mobile phone after demanding money from the couple at a house in Picardy Avenue in the east of the city at around 10am on Saturday.

A PSNI spokesman said the men entered the house through the front door.

“The pair threatened the occupants, an older couple, with the weapons and demanded money,” he said.

“One of the males searched upstairs in the property before both fled with a mobile phone.

“The intruders are described as in their 20s, wearing work trousers and sweatshirts with the hoods up. Both spoke with local accents.”

Anyone who witnessed what happened or captured relevant dashcam or mobile phone footage has been urged to contact police on 101, quoting reference 772 08/02/2020.